Two sides in L.A. port strike reach deal to end week-old strike

LOS ANGELES, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Striking harbor clerks

reached a tentative contract deal with management at the twin

ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on Tuesday night, settling a

week-old labor clash that has idled most of America's biggest

cargo-shipping complex.

The accord followed a resumption of negotiations after the

two sides agreed to accept the help of federal mediators under

pressure from Los Angeles Mayor Anthony Villagraigosa, who

announced the deal.